Inked: Emotional ABCs

Inked: Emotional ABCs

Serpents wrap my arm
dragons glide across my back
my dreams draw my skin

‘Love me’ on knuckles
‘Kiss my–‘ tattooed on my ass
My fantasies ink expressed

No make-up in my vanity drawer.
Lipstick, eyeliner and shadow–they’re inked
on my skin ’cause application’s a bore.
Who wants to spend their precious time hoodwinked
by maybelline–’cause I wasn’t ‘born with it’.
My eyes didn’t come out of the womb khol-rimmed.
I was born a blank canvas; I commit
my pasty self to the artist’s brush trimmed
to just the right shape to recast my face
from mousy to memorable; jigsaw
my chemo-bare scalp, cause I’m a puzzle
soon to be hid beneath ink without flaw.
At the ‘ol tattoo parlor, I muzzle
the plain person who walked in and let shout
the real me that screams, thrashes, to break out.

Ink me I’m ready
set that needle to my flesh
color soaks my soul

Ink redefines me
frees my inner beast to roar
look out world, I’ve come.

~ ~ ~

 Sorry to disappoint, but I have no tattoos.

40 thoughts on “Inked: Emotional ABCs

  1. Awesome, Mel. I have plenty of ink and this hit just the right note with me. I found it a very visual poem, imagining how each tat would look…nicely done, I’ve missed reading you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I am glad this rang true. I have no tats, so i was going off of what I’ve read and heard from others and my own imagination. I have a characters with tats over most of his body.

      I have missed reading you too. I have a couple more meeting to survive today and then I am coming your way to read and also visiting a lot of folks I couldn’t get to over the weekend πŸ˜‰ Let’s hope all’s quiet after that next meeting!

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  2. Ha! Ha! For a fleeting moment I frowned wondering about your tatoos. ‘
    Not sure whether you intended it, but I sense a ‘double entendre’ in the usage of of ‘ink’ especially in the later ‘two haiku’….. πŸ˜‰ Hugs! ❀

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  3. Some great lines here, Mel.
    “Who wants to spend their precious time hoodwinked
    by maybelline–’cause I wasn’t β€˜born with it’.”
    (I love this jab at Maybe Maybelline :), you are such a clever writer. I would definitely not be hoodwinked, even if i am not born with it πŸ™‚

    And then this:
    “Ink me I’m ready
    set that needle to my flesh
    color soaks my soul”
    So beautiful!
    P.S. I have a teeny weeny ink on me, a circle of love πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you! Yeah that mabeline thing bugs me. Always has. It implies that women aren’t pretty when they’re faces aren’t made up. Which is a total lie.

      That’s cool that you have a tattoo πŸ™‚ In my next life I will be more decisive about that kind of thing and get some ink.


  4. Love it! I’m inked, and thought for years how awesome it would be to have eyeliner inked — but I couldn’t bear the thought of needles next to my eyes πŸ˜‰ Thank goodness I found the best eyeliner ever in the past year to negate the need to ever ink it in πŸ™‚

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      1. Ha! That would be a challenge πŸ˜‰ Or, you could go for an evolving tat — a friend of mine started with one smallish design on her calf and has added to it over the years for an entire artwork on her leg πŸ˜‰ I see a whole backstory forming for that one!

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